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HP announces the new Pre 3 with a 1.4GHz processor

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HP announces the new Pre 3 with a 1.4GHz processor
With the just-announced HP TouchPad having more professional features, and the tiny HP Veer targeted at the younger crowd, HP and Palm (actually it seems it's only HP now) ought to introduce something in-between at today's "Think Beyond" event. And they did - the HP Pre 3!

Announced as "a smartphone for professionals without giving up personal passions", the HP Pre 3 with webOS 2.2 has a 3.6" display at 480x800 pixels of resolution, 5MP camera with "video stabilization" and a front-facing cam. The phone comes at 0.63 (16mm) inches thickness and 5.5 ounces (156 grams) of weight. There is, of course, full Adobe Flash support in the browser.

HP announces the new Pre 3 with a 1.4GHz processor
As far as chipset goes, it is powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8x55 CPU, and has 512MB of RAM. There will be two versions with different radio types - EVDO world phone, and HSPA+ version for GSM networks. Internal storage will also come in two flavors - 8GB and 16GB of flash memory.

We are pretty psyched about this one's clock frequency - it is probably an overclocked 1.2GHz Snapdragon, but, judging from the "only" HD 720p video the camera is capable of, it might not be dual-core. Sigh. Otherwise it is compatible with the new version of the Touchstone charging gizmo, and has a 1230mAh battery.

The new features of webOS 2.1 are really many, but HP Synergy is supported for syncing your business and personal contacts and communication. The coolest feature - you can just tap your HP TouchPad tablet with the Pre 3, and share stuff between the two (for example, the web page you are currently enjoying). Fortunately, there seems to be full Flash Player 10.1 support in the browser, which will literally bring the full web to the device. And hopefully, this new 1.4 GHz processor will be able to keep up with the load.

The HP Pre 3 should be available this summer. Pricing, however, has not been announced yet.

source: HP

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posted on 09 Feb 2011, 13:44 4

1. KingOfPhones (Posts: 41; Member since: 04 May 2008)

THANK GOD THEY GOT A BIGGER DISPLAY. that was one of my complaints with the original Pre. now it has a fighting chance

posted on 09 Feb 2011, 13:46 1

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

HP/Palm must have won the award for shortest time to obsolescence - the Pre 2 got obsoleted in what 4 months?

Interesting how there is no CDMA edition. Guess HP/Palm are not exactly feeling the VZW love?

posted on 09 Feb 2011, 14:15 1

7. Misanthropos (Posts: 56; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)

kinda like the droid 2 and droid 2 global?

they'd be making a big mistake excluding CDMA.

posted on 09 Feb 2011, 14:45 4

8. jbash (Posts: 345; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)

isnt evdo data for cdma? and hspa+ for gsm?

posted on 09 Feb 2011, 14:53

9. phone333 (Posts: 331; Member since: 04 Feb 2009)

EVO is CDMA...

posted on 09 Feb 2011, 14:54 3

10. phone333 (Posts: 331; Member since: 04 Feb 2009)

I meant EVDO

posted on 09 Feb 2011, 13:48

3. MOTOX (unregistered)

really droid x doug? it says rev-evdo....thats verizon's data.!.......and yah ok good display, battery, now where's my front cam and the recruitment of developers?

posted on 09 Feb 2011, 13:53

4. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)

It says in the 2nd paragraph it has a 5 mxp front facing camera...

posted on 09 Feb 2011, 14:55

11. MOTOX (unregistered)

srry, didn't catch that.

posted on 09 Feb 2011, 16:24

15. Foneguy (unregistered)

No it doesn't. Learn to read.

"5MP camera with "video stabilization" and a front-facing cam"

posted on 09 Feb 2011, 13:58 2

5. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)

A summer release Great.....Just in time for the iPhone 5 to steal any thunder this thing would have had....Here we go again....

posted on 09 Feb 2011, 14:10 1

6. skymitch89 (Posts: 1366; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)

So, they aren't going to really push the Pre 2 but are already getting ready for the Pre 3? I say that's kind of lame.

posted on 09 Feb 2011, 14:58 1

12. Jeromeo (Posts: 135; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)

What the hell is the difference between this and the Pre2, and Pre1?
They're all HIDEOUS!

posted on 09 Feb 2011, 15:01

13. Jeromeo (Posts: 135; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)

Single-core processor and that tiny screen? Exactly what the high end is all about

posted on 09 Feb 2011, 17:11 1

17. XxVerbalxX (unregistered)

who shit in ur sundae? its still a great phone and there still isnt even any dual core processors out right NOW. there maybe then but it in no way makes this phone a steaming pile. it will still b faster than any droid currently on the market. Not everyone want a giant screen. relax, have a beer or whatever u need to do, and come to grips that they make phones for the average joe, not average Jeromeo.

posted on 09 Feb 2011, 20:35

20. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

technically, the Streak7, which released last week on Tmobile carries the dual core Tegra2 processor, so yea, they are out :).

I dont know which will be faster, but its also not a fair test regardless of who wins. They arent the same system so they dont run things the same way. Comparing this to the pre2 would make a much more fair comparison since of course its the same OS.

Let em fight for it. Many people love the OS but hate the phone. Hopefully with HP in charge, that will change. This is definately a solid step (though i wish they would fix that cramped ass keyboard)

The more competition in the marketplace, the better we all are.

posted on 09 Feb 2011, 15:05

14. baztah (Posts: 29; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)

Noce one HP, "baby, I like it"

posted on 09 Feb 2011, 16:36

16. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)

what a tiny upgrade. i love my pre plus, but the 2 and 3 are just jokes. and the 2 is coming to verizon now? when will the 3 be here? bye bye pre.

posted on 09 Feb 2011, 18:51 1

18. jared (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Feb 2011)

i dont get it. there was all this hype for the webos event and this is what they come out with. basically the same pre with faster processor and no other form factor. and where is the pixi remodel. i dont care what anyone says, the veer is not it. hp better learn quick what people want if they want to be the new apple.

posted on 09 Feb 2011, 20:29

19. webOSdev2.0 (Posts: 31; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

I agree this was a big let down i had my hopes set on 4inch webos enabled dualcore dragon but instead i ended up with a 3.6inch webos enabled singlecored fish

posted on 10 Feb 2011, 02:11 1

21. WebOS4tehWin (unregistered)

Well, this is exactly the right upgrade:
- The keyboard is said to have been improved; that's what's been necessary.
- The camera had been upgraded in quality and can take HD video. Previous Palm WebOS devices had been a let-down in this aspect.
- The screen (hopefully still Gorilla glass protected as the Pre 2) is the right size with a substantially better resolution.

What are you guys ranting about? (Warning: The easily offended might want to read another posting...)

No dual-core! So what?
Current mobile OSses don't make good use of them. Read some tests and educate yourself - for now you've just fallen for some marketing bullshit.
In phones it's still CPU speed that's important. And the Pre 3 is high specced.

Tiny screen! You're kidding me, right?
4.3" monster barely fit comfortably in normal sized hands. Also, the screen's free of and virtual keyboard, so it's real 3.6" size, not some 4" minus 40-60% for the vkeybd. Think, just a little please, before posting utter nonsense.

Same design. Yes, please!
With competition of the Dell Venue Pro and the Blackberry Storm 2 (which is only rumored up to now) the form factor is not exactly overrun and something Palm owners have come to love. Why should HP be concerned with YA full touch phone before updating the existing line? And there's still the "Mansion" to come, remember?

I very much hope HP will resist closing the platform in the way that seem's so appealing to larger companies. WebOS specially has a strength in easily development and install - I hope that HP can conceive this as an asset.

From my point of view, I'm in.
That doesn't mean to say, that other approaches aren't valid, of course.
I'd be very much in love with the "two apps display" of the "Palm Pre HD" and I could like the "Palm Superior HD" from the precentral mock-up contest: http://www.precentral.net/next-palm-device-mock-up-contest-winners

But didn't Jon Rubinstein promised a new WebOS device any two months from now on? Well, wait and see...

posted on 10 Feb 2011, 07:02

22. mjh (unregistered)

Why Can't they get more creative with the design of the phone. Are they ever going to change the style.

posted on 10 Feb 2011, 09:40

23. Manu (unregistered)

I'm using PrePlus & I ought to say that I'm fairly excited about #HP WebOS development as on "OS". Looking forward to seeing it on desktops/laptops.
Quite frankly, I expected following attributes from #HP flagship device to take on competition fiercely:
1. Sturdy aluminium/metal casing instead of plastic.
2. Better resolution & OLED/SuperAmoled gorilla glass screen.

Screen size & qwerty is fine with my preference.

posted on 10 Feb 2011, 17:51

24. depeche (Posts: 63; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

The Pre 3 will get my purchase!

I don't want a 4" display.. the 3.6" is just big enough

This is just the beginning, I am sure there going to have more to come and they would be stupid to let this generation of the smart phones go out to all carriers

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